Sean Taylor: Biography
Sean Taylor is co-founder and Managing Director of Content Guru.
In 1993 Sean co-founded sister company Redwood Technologies, a cutting-edge provider of multi-channel communications servers, which has supplied to large enterprises, government bodies and CSPs (Communication Services Providers) in over 50 countries.
At the end of 2005, predicting the emergence of what are today called ‘cloud services’, Content Guru was established. Leveraging Redwood’s technology, Content Guru offers multi-channel communications services from the cloud via its storm® platforms. The company has grown rapidly and become a market leader in ‘communications integration™’, which includes services such as cloud contact centre.
As with Redwood, Sean is heavily involved with the strategic direction of the Content Guru, working at a technical level with the core teams that define high-level product design and commercially on the company’s go-to-market strategy, including the establishment of key partnerships.
Before co-founding Redwood and Content Guru, Sean worked in the engineering team of Rhetorex Inc. (acquired by Lucent), a pioneer in the field of Computer Telephony, both in the UK and in San Jose, California.
Sean is a Trustee of Berkshire Community Foundation, a charity specialising in the care of vulnerable adults and children. For his work in helping set up its Business Philanthropy Club he was selected as a finalist at the Charity Staff & Volunteers Awards in 2014.
He is also a member of the CBI’s Enterprise Forum, assisting with a range of policy matters such as access to finance for businesses and boosting exports.
Sean holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Electronics and Computer Science from King’s College, University of London and maintains links with the university through the annually awarded Redwood Technologies Prize for Best Performance in the MSc Telecommunications and Internet Technology programme.
Martin Taylor: Biography
Martin Taylor is one of the co-founders of Content Guru, responsible for strategic market development and the company’s public sector practice.
After graduating from King’s College, University of London, with a BSc(Hons) in Business Management, Martin worked as a futures market analyst in Asia. He returned to the UK to help launch Redwood Technologies in 1993, developing new overseas territories – particularly emerging markets – and adapting Redwood’s powerful and unique core technology for new sectors.
A pioneer in real-time billing, Martin’s early work with deregulated telecommunications operators led directly to the multi-tenanted, multi-level, multimedia accounting platform that underpins Content Guru’s cloud services. Martin also devised a number of important interactive media and payment applications that are today commonplace around the world.
The coiner of the storm® brand and a leading innovator in the field of cloud-based enterprise communications, Martin is a regular speaker at international conferences and in the media. He sits on the CBI Intellectual Property Committee and on the Advisory Board of the Department of Management at King’s College London, where he delivers occasional lectures on strategy and entrepreneurship.
Stuart Munro: Biography
Stuart Munro FRSA, is a Chartered Manager and Chartered Marketeer with 30 years’ experience of senior management in telecommunications and data communications.
Stuart’s career started with the Plessey Company in the UK, where he worked in sales and marketing for PBX systems, and finally as Managing Director of Plessey Ireland. While at Plessey, Stuart negotiated the establishment of a joint manufacturing and development company in the People’s Republic of China.
From Plessey, Stuart joined Northern Telecom (Nortel) as Director and General Manager, Northern Telecom UK, responsible for UK Operations. He moved to British Telecom (BT) in 1990 as General Manager Data Communications, with worldwide responsibility for development, product management and network services development.
In 1993 Stuart moved to Summa Four Inc. as Managing Director Europe and Vice President International Operations (successfully floated on NASDAQ), and he was one of the founding shareholders of Telecom Sciences Corporation (TSc) in 1996.
Leaving TSc in 1998, Stuart became managing director at RSLCOM, with responsibility for operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. After four years in this role he moved on to co-found a group of specialist private companies, including Quotex International Ltd, Northline Ltd, Quotex Communications and Inverkirk Ltd.
Stuart Munro joined Content Guru from his role as Director, Sales and Business Development, for hosted communications specialists iHub UK Ltd, an IP Centrex pioneer, which he co-founded in 2006. Stuart now brings this broad experience of the international technology industry to his business development role at Content Guru.
Michael van den Brink: Biography
Michael van den Brink is the country manager for Content Guru B.V., the Netherlands branch of Content Guru. He joined the company in March 2013, bringing a wealth of management experience in the Dutch market from Content Guru’s Netherlands network partner, KPN.
After graduating from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences with a degree in Business Administration, Michael joined KPN’s Business Market division as a Project Manager, from which he rapidly progressed to the role of Implementation Manager for new releases of sales tools aimed at the consumer market.
Following this, in December 2003 he became an Account Manager for the key Rotterdam region, where he worked with numerous large enterprise customers, before becoming a Key Account Manager for the Corporate Market across the entire Netherlands. Michael then moved on to become a Sales Manager at Newtel Essence, gaining experience in the contact centre and customer relationship management (CRM) environments.
His final role at KPN before joining Content Guru was as Director of Sales for Large Enterprise, where he was instrumental in increasing intake and turnover.
Irfan Habib: Biography
Irfan joined the Radius Communications group in 2002 as an engineer in the Engineering Services team. He graduated with a Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Management from Imperial College, and now offers Content Guru clients a valuable blend of technical expertise and commercial acumen.
“When people are working hard to generate and deliver new ideas, the motivation is infectious. The Business Development team all have strong technical backgrounds, which allows us to provide truly informed professional advice to customers. You have to understand each customers’ systems and business needs, and you have to know how our solutions and capabilities can match them.”
John Rees: Biography
John graduated from Durham University with BA(Hons) degree in Business Economics. He joined Content Guru in January 2010.
From graduation, John trained as an accountant in the Thames Valley before jointly founding 8el, a UK-focused voice and data carrier, in 1999. 8el provides wide area networking and VoIP services into mid-sized businesses.
Within 8el John’s main area of responsibility were the financial and commercial day-to-day activities of the business. These included management and financial reporting, the business model and legal and supplier relationships.
John managed the development of 8el’s business division, servicing the Formula One motor racing community, and was subsequently responsible for the corporate positioning which achieved the successful sale of that division. More recently, as well as his commercial and financial role, John led the Sales and Marketing team to launch and successfully grow 8el’s IP Centrex solution.
Shub Naha: Biography
Shub Naha is Business Development Director for the Content Guru Group. Shub has joined the company from Airwave (formerly O2) where he worked in UK/ International market and business development roles for 7 years. Prior to this he was a member of the senior leadership team of two rapidly expanding technology companies where he played a key role in their successful stock market floatation/acquisitions. He has also worked for Cable & Wireless within its Professional Services business unit.
Shub is also qualified as an Electronics Engineer from Kings College London and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
“The company is entering into its next phase of accelerated growth and our channel partners will have a vital role to play in this expansion. I look forward to working closely with them to bring the benefits of our cloud communications platform, storm®, to an even greater range of customers.”